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双语小说连载:纯真年代 The Age of Innocence(8)

Source: 恒星英语学习网    2011-08-05  我要投稿   论坛   Favorite  
These things passed through Newland Archer's mind a week later as he watched the Countess Olenska enter the van der Luyden drawing-room on the evening of the momentous dinner. The occasion was a solemn one, and he wondered a little nervously how she would carry it off. She came rather late, one hand still ungloved, and fastening a bracelet about her wrist; yet she entered without any appearance of haste or embarrassment the drawing-room in which New York's most chosen company was somewhat awfully assembled.
一周之后,在那次重大宴会的晚上,纽兰·阿切尔看着奥兰斯卡伯爵夫人走进范德卢顿太太的客厅时,想起了这些往事。这是个难得见的场合,他心情有点紧张,担心她将怎样应付。她到得很晚,一只手还未戴手套,正在扣着腕上的手镯,然而她走进汇集了纽约大多数精英的客厅时,并没有流露丝毫的匆忙与窘迫。

In the middle of the room she paused, looking about her with a grave mouth and smiling eyes; and in that instant Newland Archer rejected the general verdict on her looks. It was true that her early radiance was gone. The red cheeks had paled; she was thin, worn, a little older-looking than her age, which must have been nearly thirty. But there was about her the mysterious authority of beauty, a sureness in the carriage of the head, the movement of the eyes, which, without being in the least theatrical, struck his as highly trained and full of a conscious power. At the same time she was simpler in manner than most of the ladies present, and many people (as he heard afterward from Janey) were disappointed that her appearance was not more "stylish" --for stylishness was what New York most valued. It was, perhaps, Archer reflected, because her early vivacity had disappeared; because she was so quiet--quiet in her movements, her voice, and the tones of her low- pitched voice. New York had expected something a good deal more reasonant in a young woman with such a history.
她在客厅中间停住脚步,抿着嘴,两眼含笑地打量着四周。就在这一瞬间,纽兰·阿切尔否定了有关她的容貌的普遍看法。不错,她早年的那种光彩的确已经不见了,那红扑扑的面颊已变成苍白色。她瘦削、憔。淬,看上去比她的年龄稍显老相——她一定快30岁了。然而她身上却散发着一种美的神秘力量,在她毫无做作的举目顾盼之间有一种自信,他觉得那是经过高度训练养成的,并且充满一种自觉的力量。同时,她的举止比在场的大多数夫人小姐都纯朴,许多人(他事后听詹尼说)对她打扮得不够“时新”感到失望——因为 “时新”是纽约人最看重的东西。阿切尔沉思,也许是因为她早年的活力已经消失了,她才这样异常地沉静——她的动作、声音、低声细气的语调都异常沉静。纽约人本指望有着这样一段历史的年轻女子声音会是十分洪亮的。

The dinner was a somewhat formidable business. Dining with the van der Luydens was at best no light matter, and dining there with a Duke who was their cousin was almost a religious solemnity. It pleased Archer to think that only an old New Yorker could perceive the shade of difference (to New York) between being merely a Duke and being the van der Luydens' Duke. New York took stray noblemen calmly, and even (except in the Struthers set) with a certain distrustful hauteur; but when they presented such credentials as these they were received with an old-fashioned cordiality that they would have been greatly mistaken in ascribing solely to their standing in Debrett. It was for just such distinctions that the young man cherished his old New York even while he smiled at it.
宴会有点令人提心吊胆。和范德卢顿夫妇一起用餐,本来就不是件轻松事,而与他们一位公爵表亲一起用餐,更不啻是履行一种宗教仪式了。阿切尔愉快地想道,只有一个老纽约,才能看出一位普通公爵与范德卢顿家的公爵之间的细微差异(对纽约而言)。纽约人根本不把到处飘泊的贵族放在眼里,对他们甚至还带有几分不信任的傲慢(斯特拉瑟斯那伙人除外);但是,当他们证明自己和范德卢顿这样的家族有某种关系之后,便能受到老式的真诚热情的接待,这往往使他们大错特错地把这种接待完全归功于自己在《德布利特贵族年鉴》中的地位。正是由于这种差别,年轻人即使在嘲笑他的老纽约的时候依然怀念它。

The van der Luydens had done their best to emphasise the importance of the occasion. The du Lac Sevres and the Trevenna George II plate were out; so was the van der Luyden "Lowestoft" (East India Company) and the Dagonet Crown Derby. Mrs. van der Luyden looked more than ever like a Cabanel, and Mrs. Archer, in her grandmother's seed-pearls and emeralds, reminded her son of an Isabey miniature. All the ladies had on their handsomest jewels, but it was characteristic of the house and the occasion that these were mostly in rather heavy old-fashioned settings; and old Miss Lanning, who had been persuaded to come, actually wore her mother's cameos and a Spanish blonde shawl.
范德卢顿夫妇竭尽全力突出这次宴会的重要性。他们把杜拉克·塞沃尔与特利文纳·乔治二世的镀金餐具拿了出来。范德卢顿太太看起来比任何时候都更像一幅卡巴内尔的画像,而阿切尔太太佩戴着她祖母的米珠项链和绿宝石,让她儿子不由得想起了伊莎贝的微型画像。所有的夫人小姐都戴着她们最漂亮的首饰,不过她们的首饰大部分镶嵌得特别老式,成了这所住宅与这一场合独有的特点;被劝来的拉宁小姐戴的是她母亲的浮雕玉,还披了件亚麻色的西班牙披肩。

The Countess Olenska was the only young woman at the dinner; yet, as Archer scanned the smooth plump elderly faces between their diamond necklaces and towering ostrich feathers, they struck him as curiously immature compared with hers. It frightened him to think what must have gone to the making of her eyes.
奥兰斯卡伯爵夫人是宴会上惟一的年轻女子,然而在阿切尔细细端详那些钻石项链与高耸的驼鸟翎毛中间光滑丰满的老年人的脸庞时,令他感到奇怪的是,她们竞显得不及她成熟。想到造就她那副眼神所付的代价,他不觉有些惊恐。


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